Dean Martin’s daughter thought she was being pranked when word got around about the battle between #MeToo and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.
Many online are calling for a ban on Martin’s Christmas classic, with some radio stations pulling the song from their lineup this holiday season.
The protestors argue the song promotes rape culture. They perceive the lyrics to depict a man attempting to coerce a woman into spending the night with him despite her protests. That might be true if the song were released in 2018.
The original song was released in 1944 (Martin’s version would be released in 1959). This is important as fans of the Christmas tune would explain how the woman wants to stay but is worried about the social implications of the era.
“I was absolutely flabbergasted; it’s just insane. When I heard it and I said, ‘This can’t possibly be…’ I tweeted, ‘I think this is crazy, what do you think?’ and then all of a sudden it went viral,” Deana Martin told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “More people were for it. They were saying, ‘This is madness, we’ve gone insane now.’ It’s a sweet, flirty, fun, holiday song… There’s nothing bad about that song and it just breaks my heart.
“I know my dad would be going insane right now… He would say, ‘What’s the matter with you? Get over it. It’s just a fun song,’ because he was so sweet. He would never see anything bad in that. He was a great guy, fun guy, nice. And he wouldn’t want to do anything offensive; that wasn’t Dean Martin. So this has just been outrageous.”
Despite the controversy, Martin’s daughter hopes the lyrics go unaltered. “Where she says, ‘Hey, what’s in this drink?’ I don’t think she’s talking about some pill being put in that drink. You know, like, ‘Is this punch? You know what’s in this drink? Is it vodka?..’ It’s just breaking my heart that people would turn that around.”
Dean Martin passed away on Christmas Day 1995 in Beverly Hills at the age of 78.